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A Look Inside Smashing Magazine: We Celebrate Our Sixth Anniversary

Today is the day when it all started — the day when this little website launched back in 2006. We are celebrating our six-year anniversary party, and you, being the ones who made the website possible and kept us going, are our special guests. We couldn’t possibly have a party without you!

Smashing Magazine is Getting 6 Years Old!

But who are we? Who are the people working behind the scenes to make Smashing Magazine truly smashing? Today we’d like to publish something rather different. Being chummy as we are, we’d like to give you a peek behind the scenes — a little insight into how we work, who we are, where we live and where we come from. It will be quite a ride, so get yourself a beverage, make yourself comfortable and set a few minutes aside.


Poster Design Contest: Redesign The Web, Redesign The World!

How often do you stumble on slow, clunky websites? Websites where text is embedded in images and interfaces are unusable and messy — not to mention that the code is hacky and unmaintainable? Websites that are completely unusable on mobile devices and that are cumbersome to navigate?

Poster Design Contest: Redesign The Web, Redesign The World!

We all deserve better than that. With this poster contest, we’d like to raise awareness of the beautiful and accessible Web. Yes, it's about time to redesign the Web and, hence, to redesign the world. We can make the Web a better place. But to do that, we need your help.


The First Smashing Conference Is Coming: A Community Event For Web Designers

Probably the most remarkable characteristic of our Web design community is that we care about our craft. We care about best practices, about our work, about learning, sharing and improving our skills. This very spirit is the driving force behind our daily work at Smashing Magazine, and this spirit is what has prompted us to organize the very first Smashing Conference: a friendly, valuable and inspiring community event that will help us all become better at what we do.

The venue of the first Smashing Conference

Whether you are a designer, developer, content strategist or business owner, at the Smashing Conference you'll explore insights hands on and gain practical tips and new perspectives on our craft. We are very happy to provide an opportunity for you to share and gain practical knowledge in an intimate, informal atmosphere — right in our beautiful home town of Freiburg, Germany, at the foot of the legendary Black Forest.


The Smashing Book #3 “Redesign The Web” Is Out!

The new Smashing Book #3 has finally arrived—freshly printed, neatly packed and ready to be shipped to you, our dear reader. We believe this is by far the best book we've produced so far. We are very proud and excited, and the initial verdict has been thoroughly positive, yet in the end it's up to you to decide how valuable and useful they really are. Get your books now!

The Smashing Book #3: Redesign the Web Brand New Smashing Books

In recent years, the Web has changed—a lot. The Web designer’s tools are now advanced, and browsers are highly capable. Designers have established clever coding and design techniques, and they face new challenges and are embracing new technologies. These changes are fundamental and require us to reconsider how we approach Web design. It’s time to rethink and reinvent: it is time to redesign the Web. The new Smashing books will change the way you design websites for the better.


The Smashing Book #3 Cover Design

Around the end of October last year, Vitaly Friedman of Smashing Magazine asked me if I would be interested in contributing to the new Smashing Book #3. There were a few options as to how I could contribute to it. But since my days were already filled until Summer 2012, it was clear to me that I could only find time to design the cover.

The Smashing Book #3 Cover Design

After some doubting on my end (as I was slightly concerned about the timing), I decided to take on the project. This was just too good an opportunity, as the briefing basically said "Do your thing. We want your design". It would have been foolish to refuse such a fun, creative challenge. In this post, I'd like to shed some light on the creative process behind the cover design and the rationale behind the cover design.


Smashing Email Newsletter Turns Two Years Old: Comment and Win!

Update (12.03.): Thank you to everyone who has participated in the book giveaway. The happy winners are: José Luis Almagro, Dustan Curtis, Daniel Mckendry, Betinho Soares, David A. and Malou. Stay tuned for more giveaways, folks!

Two years ago, we launched the Smashing Email Newsletter. Today, we'd like to reflect on some of the greatest newsletter articles of the past year and celebrate this anniversary with our 100,000 readers with a fabulous book giveaway!

Back then, we planned to launch the Smashing Newsletter only if we had at least 10,001 subscribers who were interested in receiving the newsletter; and indeed, we managed to reach over 17,300 subscribers! Up to the present day, our newsletter is being sent out to more than 100,000 readers and we have promised ourselves to do our best to make their subscriptions worthwhile. Every two weeks, we hunt down obscure blogs, useful tools, valuable techniques as well as quality goodies, and present them to our readers in short bits and pieces in our newsletter issues.


The Smashing Book #3: All Good Things Come In Threes

Yes, the brand new Smashing Book #3 is coming. The printing press is warming up, the illustrations are finished, and the chapters are being proofread. This third book is the best printed book we’ve produced so far: it is a valuable, cutting-edge, high-quality printed book that any Web designer should have on their bookshelf.

You can pre-order the Smashing Book #3 today.

This time, we’ve also prepared an extra book 3⅓ that offers even more exclusive content. And unlike its predecessors, the new Smashing Book #3 has a theme: Redesign. It is a professional guide on how to redesign websites and it also introduces a whole new mindset for progressive Web design. In this ever-changing Web design industry, the book challenges you to think differently about your work and will change the way you design websites forever.


Smashing Photo Contest “Holidays Around The World”: Best Entries!

A couple of days ago, we launched a photo contest in which you could submit a photo of how upcoming holidays are celebrated in your city. For those who have participated, thank you for taking the time to shoot the photots and sending them to us.

Christmas Photos Contest

We've received hundreds of pictures from all over the world and we have to be honest and say that it was really hard to pick only ten winners! All winners have been contacted. Of course, the owner of each photo owns all the copyrights.


The Smashing Deals Countdown For Christmas

Christmas is near and the spirits are rising but why not speed it all up a bit? To make the days prior to Christmas much more exciting, we'll provide you with something to look forward to each day for the next ten days. This year, we'd love to help you out with your Christmas presents. We have some truly smashing Christmas deals lined up for you, and with very affordable, special prices for our dear readers and customers.

Get Your Smashing Christmas Presents!

We have put together extremely content-rich and valuable bundle deals at prices you have not seen at Smashing Magazine. Seize the opportunity while it lasts and if you are lucky, you might just win one out of the 10 Golden Tickets (read the post to find out more). Where’s the catch you ask? There is none — better yet: you can win a bundle deal of your choice daily with a little touch of whimsy fortune!


Holidays Around The World: Smashing Photo Contest

2012 is around the corner and the year is (already!) coming to an end. We'd like to know how upcoming holidays are celebrated in your city. Just send us a photo of your kind of Christmas or New Year's Eve and with some luck you may be the winner of some truly smashing prizes! We're giving away five wonderfully designed books as well as five golden tickets for our upcoming Christmas special bundle.

Holidays Around the World: Smashing Photo Contest

Of course, not everybody celebrates Christmas, but there is still something special about the atmosphere that upcoming holidays create worldwide. You may take pictures of your office New Year decorations, a market in your town or even a winter wonderland you've discovered! You can also make a photo of a special event  —  an event that makes you relate to the year coming to an end, or even your list of your New Year's resolutions, or anything else really. Just keep in mind to stay creative!


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